Pre-Conference Workshops

Our workshop format allows you to practice hands-on skills, improve your technique, and obtain feedback from your peers and instructors. Seize the opportunity to enhance your clinical skills and to utilize this learning in your practice.

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is now considered an indispensable tool by physicians and other healthcare providers who manage critically ill patients as part of the perioperative care team (1).  The use of this technology in acute care medicine has grown exponentially. It is being used routinely for inpatient/ambulatory care in many urban and rural settings and its reach has extended to the locker rooms of NHL hockey teams and the international space station (2).  Basic POCUS training is now given in Canadian medical schools and is part of the new curriculum for anesthesia training in Canada.  Indeed, the importance of POCUS is reaching a world-wide audience (3). It is imperative that anesthesiologists become not only informed of this technology but also learn to integrate POCUS into their clinical practice (4, 5, 6, 7)
We have assembled a group of leading Canadian Anesthesiologists who practice POCUS in some of the busiest academic centres in the country to deliver the course material for the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society POCUS workshops. Community and academic anesthesiologists as well as anesthesiology residents and fellows who are not already using POCUS will benefit from attending the basic course. For the second year in a row, we also offer an advanced course to those of you who have previously participated in basic training and/or have experience with basic POCUS so that you can take your skills “to the next level”.  Both courses are taught using the “flipped classroom” philosophy of education.  Online material is available for learner review prior to attending the workshops.  This provides learners with maximum “hands on” experience on the day of the workshops.  Eligible members of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada will obtain valuable section 3 credits for participation in the workshops.

The courses include what you need to know to excel in POCUS:

Basic Course
  1. Core knowledge of physics and knobology
  2. Cardiac POCUS (5 basic views to identify left/right ventricular dysfunction, pericardial effusion, basic aortic and mitral valve pathology)
  3. Airway ultrasound (identify cricoid membrane and esophageal intubation)
  4. Lung ultrasound (identify pneumothorax and pleural effusion)
  5. Gastric ultrasound (identify gastric content)
Advanced Course
  1. More advanced knowledge of underlying physics principles of ultrasound
  2. FAST and eFAST examination (identify free fluid in abdomen, pericardium and pleura)
  3. Hepatic/Renal blood flow assessment
  4. Optic nerve and transcranial doppler assessment
  5. Screening for DVT
  6. Advanced concepts of hemodynamic assessment
  7. Diastolic function assessment
Mandatory pre-course work and exam: 3-4 hours
Pre-registration is required

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